I was born in Buffalo, NY, but moved to Florida at a young age so I'm technically a "Florida Cracker." I grew up in Sarasota (go Pine View Pythons!), went to college in Gainesville (go Gators!), and settled into the Port Charlotte area about 20 years ago (what do we cheer for here anyway?).
When my dreams of becoming a Calvin Klien underwear model fell through (I know...look at me! How could they turn me down?) I fell back on the only thing I've ever been any good at - radio broadcasting (how sad is that??). I joined KIX Country 19 years ago and I've seen a lot of things change in that time. The community around me has changed a lot, and the radio business has changed more than I ever thought possible.
Many locals remember I used to have a radio partner, Bob Alexander. Sadly the shrinking economy forced many businesses, including ours, to downsize and now I'm flying solo. That's one of the changes I could really have done without, honestly. I'm probably not supposed to even say that - but I've always been an open book on the radio and I'm too old and stubborn to stop now. Besides, the boss never reads these things anyway. Really! Watch me thumb my nose at the establishment: hey boss - I've been stealing used coffee filters for years! Wow...getting that off my chest was a thrill.
One of the more positive changes in the radio business has been the opportunity for a little town "deejay" to broadcast to a much larger audience, now that we're "nationwide" on I Heart Radio. Be sure to download the app for your smart-phone or tablet today (Sorry, they make me say that). But it's always a blast to hear from people listening in other parts of the country. Even if most of the time they're contacting me just to let me know how stupid my latest opinion was.
Nowadays I call Deep Creek in Charlotte County home, along with my incredible wife Stephane and our baby-boy (of the furry variety) Tooie - an eight pound Pomeranian.
All in all it's been a crazy ride over the last couple of decades - anyone here during Hurricane Charlie can attest to that! I'm hoping that I'll be able to celebrate my 20th anniversary with this station (in November of 2013), but that largely will depend on the local economy. If things get bettter - I'll still be here, so please go out and buy all the new cars, furniture and mattresses you can afford! The more YOU spend, the more likely there will be a need for me to stay put. So, by all means, run up a butt-load of debt and let's make this thing happen!
Seriously, thank you for a long and rewarding gig so far. And by rewarding I mean mentally, emotionally and even spiritually - but certainly NOT financially. Not a complaint, just a clarification!
Good Morning Kix Country and Happy New Year
John Grabau here for the out of studio Todd Matthews, He will be back in the Kix Country studio tomorrow morning as your go to morning drive radio host.
I would like to remind everyone about the upcoming live broadcast this weekend in which Todd Matthews will be on site at the Grand Re-Opening of the YMCA Gym in North Port located at 5390 Sam Shapos Way. The Broadcast will begin at 10:00 am and run until noon that day with plenty of giveaways on site.
Here are a few of the headline news stories which you will hear me speaking about on the show this morning.
Click HERE to see photos taken at the recently held wedding involving Hugh Hefner and his new wife, Crystal Harris.
Click Here to read about Skyfall becoming the first Bond film to cross the $ 1 billion in sales mark.
Click Here to see the Seven Strategies for Highly Effective New Years Resolutions to keep and employ.
Click HERE to read about the giant leaps in technology that the private space industry will be making in the upcoming year.
Click Here to read about the $100 million dollar IPO which will is set to take place by Seaworld.
It has been an absolute pleasure sharing the airwaves with you over the past few weeks, Thanks for the warm reception.
As we part ways this morning, I would like to share this video with you which shows a highlight reel of last year in review, Enjoy and take care.